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The Importance of Evidence-Based Solutions in Behavioral Health: Q&A With Dr. Josh Spitalnick

Jul 1, 2021 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

Evidence is defined as, “The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.” Using evidence-based behavioral health tools is the topic of today’s post.

With literally thousands of behavioral health assessment tools on the market, it’s important for mental health specialists and physicians to find solutions that are based on evidence.

Unlike physical health, where evaluation tools like an X-ray of a broken bone or an echocardiogram of a heart can be used to identify physical characteristics, mental health assessment involves patient-reported symptoms, not physical facts. It can be challenging for patients to communicate their feelings and fears, which in turn makes it challenging for mental health specialists to identify and properly diagnose the disorder.


Q&A with Dr. Josh Spitalnick

To properly diagnose a patient with a behavioral health disorder, like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or PTSD, specialists must use evidence-based assessment tools. Josh Spitalnick, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist and anxiety and OCD expert, who shared his insights on this topic recently in a Mental Healthcare Today podcast. He is board-certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology, clinical director and owner of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta (one of the largest anxiety clinics in the southeast), and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Emory University. Here is what he had to say on the topic of evidence-based instruments.

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The State of Mental Health in Rural America: Why and How Technology Can Help

Jun 28, 2021 / by Jim Szyperski

The state of mental health in America is in crisis and was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institutes of Health, pre-pandemic:

  • 1 in 5 Americans suffered from a mental disorder each year,
  • 1 in 17 suffered from a serious mental disorder each year, and
  • there was a 35% increase in suicides in the past 15 years with suicide being the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 34.

The pre-pandemic statistics for our children are more troubling as:

The problem is even more severe in rural America as the graphic below depicts where approximately 50% of counties in the US lack a resident psychiatrist, 65% of non-metropolitan US counties lack a psychiatrist, and 47% lack a psychologist. (Source: The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Geographic Variation in the Supply of Selected Behavioral Health Providers)

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The Identification and Treatment of OCD: Q&A Session with Dr. Eric Storch

Jun 23, 2021 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Storch specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of adult and childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as other anxiety and OCD-related disorders.

Dr. Storch has been the principal investigator on multiple federally funded grants, is a Fulbright Scholar, and has published 12 books and 500 peer-reviewed articles. He is on the IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board and is the Chair of the Pediatric Behavior Therapy Institute.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health: Q&A With Hansa Bhargava, MD

May 20, 2021 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

Hansa Bhargava, MD, is a staff physician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, senior medical director with WebMD, and chief medical officer at Medscape Education. As a thought leader in innovation, mental health, maternity, and pediatrics, Dr. Bhargava often speaks on using current digital footprints to elevate data and education to help disparities, opioid addiction, and mental health.

She is currently on the board for the Emory University Global Health Institute and Christopher Wolfe Foundation and is an executive member of the committee on communications and media for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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nView’s CEO on Mental Health Month

May 7, 2021 / by Jim Szyperski

Turning Awareness into Action (Jim Szyperski)

May is upon us, which means it’s Mental Health Month again. I think back to last May when we were still early into the pandemic’s onslaught on our collective brains. The stress, fear, and anxiety of a pandemic; the quarantine and isolation; the loss of employment and income; and the pervasive uncertainty about the health of our families and friends were all top of mind. Talk of a vaccine by the end of 2020 or early 2021 seemed a long way off with daily cases of COVID-19 rising and the death toll alarmingly accumulating.

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Press Release: nView Health Expands Clinical Team

Apr 7, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

nView Health Expands Clinical Team to Help Guide Rapid Company, Solution Portfolio Growth

Behavioral Health experts to provide peer review and governance for nView’s suite of proprietary mental health assessment solutions.


ATLANTA (PRWEB) APRIL 07, 2021

nView Health, the premier provider of evidence-based behavioral health solutions, is pleased to announce the formation of its Clinical Advisory and Governance Board comprised of behavioral health experts to provide ongoing guidance and review of the company’s software solutions and development.

The initial Clinical Advisory and Governance Board includes:

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Misdiagnosis of Mental Illness: Anna’s Story

Dec 26, 2020 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

How Anna Lost Three Decades of Her Life

Anna heard whispers of the 4th of July fireworks. She went out to throw her garbage, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fanfare from the street.

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WHITE PAPER: Mental Health in Rural America

Oct 13, 2020 / by Jim Szyperski

The Mental Health Gap in Rural America. Let’s Close It.

Learn how a complete virtual care experience can help address the mental health crisis in rural America.

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When it comes to mental health care access, the disparities between rural and urban areas persist. Meanwhile, behavioral health concerns like anxiety, depression, and substance misuse are rising in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulatory changes promise to make online behavioral health care delivery easier and more profitable for providers, including those serving rural areas.

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Statistics in Children’s Mental Health

Sep 30, 2020 / by Thomas Young, MD

Untended behavioral health conditions in children exert a toll on them and on society.

TODAY’S CHALLENGES

There are growing numbers of children and adolescents with mental health issues. While a higher number may be identified than in the adult population the actual number receiving adequate care is still low. Covid-19 has increased the number of anxious and depressed kids and teens enormously and will continue to impact them for years to come.

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Sharpen Fireside Chat Series: Suicide Prevention, Fall 2020

Sep 24, 2020 / by Thomas Young, MD

nView Co-Founder & CMO Dr. Tom Young shares his thoughts on suicide stereotypes and who is really at risk. 

Looking Beyond Stereotypes:
Who is Really at Risk for Suicide

Tuesday, September 29, 12 pm – 1 pm EST
Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92487943037

Thomas Young, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of nView Health, will share his insight into the common stereotypes surrounding suicide and why we are missing the mark by not taking a more proactive approach in identifying those at risk. He will discuss his experience as a clinician and the benefit of mental health screening as a valuable tool that should be “the new norm” in proactive healthcare and accessible to all.

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